General Options

This article summarizes the Firefox OptionsPreferences panels and what types of settings they contain. Click the menu button and select .. The following panels are available:

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This panel contains optionspreferences for the following types of settings:

Startup and Tabs: This is where you can set Firefox as your default browser, set Firefox to restore your previous session at startup and choose how tabs are opened.

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Language and Appearance
Fonts & Colors and Language: This is where you can change the fonts and colors websites use, where to choose the language to display menus, notifications, messages and other parts of the Firefox interface, where to choose a preferred display language for web pages and where you can choose to use the Firefox spell checker.

Files and Applications
Downloads, Applications and Digital Rights Management (DRM) Content: This is where you can change the download folder Firefox uses to save files, change the application used or the action taken for different file types and choose whether to Watch DRM content in Firefox.

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  • General options can be used to specify how some user interfaces are displayed to users, which default file format or sort order is used, or where database folders are located in the database user's computer. What do you want to do? Set User Interface options Set options for creating databases.

Firefox Updates
This is where you can check your update history or change update settings for Firefox.

This is where you can customize performance settings in Firefox.

This is where you can choose settings for scrolling, using the cursor (Caret Browsing mode) or searching for text in webpages.

Network ProxyNetwork Settings
This is where you can change Firefox connection settings and set a proxy to connect to the Internet.

This panel contains optionspreferences for the following types of settings:

New Windows and Tabs
These settings allow you to choose what you see when you open your home page, a new Firefox window or a new tab. You can set your home page to the default Firefox homepage, a blank page or a custom URL; you can set new tabs to open the default Firefox home page or a blank page.

Firefox Home Content
These settings allow you to hide or display features of the default Firefox homepage or New Tab page, including Web Search, Top Sites, Recommended by Pocket, Snippets from Mozilla and Highlights. For more information about these features, see About the New Tab page and Customize the New Tab page.

This panel contains optionspreferences related to the search engine Firefox uses by default and other search settings. For more information, see Change your default search settings in Firefox.

This panel contains optionspreferences for the following types of settings:

Browser Privacy
Content Blocking,Enhanced Tracking Protection,Cookies and Site Data, Forms & Passwords, History and Address Bar: This is where you can control settings for the Firefox Content BlockingEnhanced Tracking Protection and Do Not Track features, manage website cookies, website data storage and cached web content, where you can set how to fill in forms and manage passwords, manage your browsing, download, search and form history and set how the address bar works.

This is where you can decide whether websites can send you Web Push notifications, show you pop-up windows and whether Firefox should warn you when websites try to install add-ons.

Firefox Data Collection and Use
This is where you can decide whether Firefox should send technical and interactive data to Mozilla, install and run studies or send crash reports to Mozilla.

Deceptive Content and Dangerous Software Protection and Certificates, Certificates and HTTPS-Only Mode: This is where you can view and manage website certificates and security devices and block dangerous content or downloads, block dangerous content or downloads and enable or disable HTTPS-Only Mode in Firefox.

This panel lets you set up or manage a Firefox Account, which is needed to access certain Mozilla services, including Sync. See How do I set up Sync on my computer? and How do I choose what types of information to sync on Firefox? for more information.

Server address

The domain name for the MusicBrainz database server used by Picard to get details of your music.Default value: (for the main MusicBrainz server).


The port number for the server. Default value: 80 (for the main MusicBrainz server).


Your MusicBrainz website username, used to submit acoustic fingerprints, retrieve and save itemsto your collections, and retrieve personal folksonomy tags.


Automatically scan all new files

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Check this box if you want Picard to scan each music file you add and look for an AcoustIDfingerprint. This takes time, but may be helpful for you and MusicBrainz. Leave it uncheckedif you don’t want Picard to do this scan automatically. In any case, you can direct Picard toscan a particular music file at any time using “Tools ‣ Scan”.

Ignore MBIDs when loading new files

If you disable this option Picard will not use MusicBrainz identifiers (MBIDs) stored in thefiles to automatically load the corresponding MusicBrainz release and match the loaded file tothe correct track. This is useful when re-processing files that have been previously taggedwith incorrect information.

Check for updates during start-up

This option determines whether or not Picard will automatically check for program updates duringstartup. In any case, you can have Picard check for program updates at any time using “Help‣ Check for update”.

Days between checks

This option allows you to limit the automatic update checking by selecting the interval, in days,between checks. Set this to 1 if you want to check daily, 7 for weekly checks, and so on. Note thatthis only applies if the “Check for updates during start-up” option is enabled.

Updates to check

This option allows you to select which levels of update to check. Your options are:

  • Stable releases only

  • Stable and Beta releases

  • Stable, Beta and Dev releases

For example, if you subscribe to “Stable releases only” you will not be notified if a new Beta orDev release is issued.


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The update checking related settings and “Help ‣ Check for update…” command maynot be available when Picard is distributed as a package. In that case, the user should check with themaintainer of the package to determine when an update is available.